Praying Citizen

Signing the Declaration of Independence

Signing the Declaration of Independence

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

I was a delegate at a political event on Saturday for the State of Georgia. It was not very glamorous, just local politics and regular people. What I didn’t anticipate was hearing from God about the precious and simple duty that I have as an American citizen. 

It’s so easy to be caught up in the busy-ness of life, and politics are so messy! But we do not have the luxury of closing our eyes and ears to what is going on around us. I know that politics are full of accusations and the issues are complicated and confusing. But shall we really allow this excuse to keep us from doing our duty as citizens?

We have to hold our elected officials accountable for what they do, otherwise, we’ll have to admit that we may not really be good citizens. The bottom line is that we are first accountable to God for our lives, but then we are accountable to Him for each other.

We put them in office, and we should watch to make sure they’re doing what we elected them to do. The ones we didn’t elect should hear our voices anyway: in respect, and shining the light of truth on their deeds. Our government derives its power with our consent. When government becomes destructive, it’s the right of the people to change or abolish it… in order to provide new guards for our future security. (From the Declaration of Independence, see link below)

The words from the Declaration are telling. We should read it to the end, every so often, to remind ourselves of the cost of being a good citizen. Accordingly, all U.S. citizens should defend:

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness

If we are to be good stewards of the faith foundation of this country, we must first defend life. Next, our liberty needs to be protected from anyone who would try to take it. Some of the areas that are being targeted right now are our money through excessive taxes, our freedoms of religion, speech, and even the right to bear arms. Finally, we should be able to pursue happiness, as long as it doesn’t infringe on someone else’s life or their liberty. You might even use this list as a guideline for how you vote.

Let me finally encourage you. As a reader of this blog, you are a precious commodity. You are arming yourself with the truth about what matters and you are committing yourself to pray. The strength of this nation and its future depend on people like you. Let’s commit ourselves to knowing what’s going on, understanding why it matters, and bringing it all before the One who loves us, through prayer. And where we can, let’s encourage others to do the same.


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